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Posted On: May 21, 2020
If you’ve ever had a bad night’s sleep before, you’ll know how it affects you the following day. You’ll feel irritable and struggle to concentrate, your mind will feel foggy and your eyes will burn. A lack of sleep takes its toll on us all, and unfortunately, a loss of good sleeping hours is not something you can ever really get back.
Disrupted, broken, and irregular sleep over the long-term can have a serious effect on your physical, mental, and emotional health. This is where sleep hygiene plays an integral role in the quality of sleep you get every night.
What are the benefits of establishing good sleep hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is determined by your habits before you climb into bed and call it a day. Essentially, it centered on your nighttime routine as well as some of your actions and habits throughout the day.
Good sleep hygiene means that you have made high-quality sleep a priority in your life. Ideally, your bedroom environment is peaceful and conducive to good sleep. You stick to a healthy sleep schedule and follow a pre-bedtime wind-down routine. During the day, you also stick to healthy habits that promote good sleep.
While every person has different needs and daily routines, sleep hygiene should be important in your life — no matter your age. Good sleep hygiene not only helps you to fall asleep but allows you to maintain good rest throughout the night.
Good quality sleep is essential to every single function in your life. Not only when you’re awake, but also when you’re asleep. Getting a good night’s rest sets you up for the day by improving productivity, concentration, physical stamina, and so much more. It’s also important for many of your body’s metabolic and neurological processes.
There are a number of amazing processes that take place that allow us to wake up and feel well-rested:
By practicing good sleep hygiene, you are making your overall health a priority, too. It’s well-known that forming and maintaining good habits is crucial to our health. This is why it’s so important to create a beneficial sleep routine that works for your life and is one that you can stick to.
Many people may actually struggle with putting good sleep hygiene into practice. This is largely because of the busy, stressful lives we live today, poor health habits, and technological distractions. Here are some of the most common symptoms of poor sleep hygiene:
The irony with poor sleep hygiene is that it works in a vicious cycle. The poorer your quality of sleep, the more it can affect the following night’s sleep, and so on. This can eventually lead to more serious sleep issues such as:
This is a serious condition that can a huge effect on your day-to-day life, and even lead to dangerous consequences. Sleep deprivation includes extreme fatigue. You may even nod off during the day at random times or find yourself gaining or losing weight for no reason.
Sleep deprivation also increases your risk of developing long-term illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, obesity, depression, and neurological conditions.
Insomnia is very common amongst adults today and can also have a dire effect on your health. Signs of insomnia include major difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up way before your sleep cycle is finished. Insomnia is so common that it affects more than 30% of adults in the U.S. today.
Chronic insomnia can also lead to poor quality of life and health problems such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and more.
Ultimately, good sleep hygiene is about so much more than what you do 30-minutes before bed. As you can see, the benefits of good sleep hygiene are numerous. It’s about your lifestyle as a whole and how much of a priority good sleep is to you.
In order to practice good sleep hygiene, you need to put yourself in the best position to sleep well every night. This means establishing a healthy sleep schedule that normalizes good sleep and makes it part of your everyday life:
Preparing for bed is another important factor in good sleep hygiene. Your actions and habits before bedtime can have a huge impact on how quickly you fall asleep and maintain good sleep. Here’s how to set up a healthy bedtime routine:
Remember that electronics have a way of stimulating the mind like nothing else. The blue light from our devices can lead to overstimulation and also decrease the production of melatonin. So switch off in order to facilitate better sleep.
If you’re struggling with poor sleep hygiene or any other debilitating sleep disorder, Neurological Wellness Clinic is here to help. We offer a sleep center, sleep studies, home, and in-lab sleep tests to help you achieve the high-quality sleep you need.
Request an appointment with our clinic today and get your sleep cycle back on track!
Dr. Sean Jochims graduated medical school with the prestigious Rick Wartgow Award for dedication to medicine. He also received Excellence in Teaching Awards as chief resident in neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
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